Monday, September 14, 2009
Property finder network takes off
Mixed messages still coming out of the UK.
FTSE 100 over the 5,000 mark (hurrah) and house prices are either on the rise (Halifax) or it's a false dawn (Ernst & Young).
One thing is for sure though. The activity levels of our French property finder network are beginning to take off.
I'm not claiming that we're all inundated but as the guy from Savills so eloquently put it "A year on (from the collapse of Lehman Brothers) power has been restored and there's a flicker of hope".
I've just taken a phone call from Caroline who is based in Mayenne. She has had clients over from Thailand and, after a week-end of hard negotiations, they have just had an offer accepted on a beautiful property. I'm thrilled for Caroline as she had put her heart & soul into finding something truly special for them.
Janine in Bayeux is flying - she's bought two houses for clients in the last few weeks and is slap bang in the middle of another search now.
Rebecca in Nice reports the same with a couple of offers accepted and more clients out shortly.
We've also just taken on mandates for further searches in the Dordogne, Aquitaine, Perpignan and Chamonix too.
The good news is that a lot of these enquiries are non-UK related (we've recently been instructed by clients from Hawaii, South Africa, Sweden, Canada and Asia)....hopefully this means that when the UK market does come back we should have real cause for optimism.
If you'd like to discuss joining the network (we're currently 12 across France but plan to be 50 by the end of 2010) you can email email@example.com and he'll send you a prospectus.
Alternatively just pick up the phone and I'd be happy to chat about it.